Air cadets need new uniforms

jpco-29-5-13 Crawley Carnival 2013 (Pic by Jon Rigby)
jpco-29-5-13 Crawley Carnival 2013 (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Teenage air cadets are raising £10,000 to buy their own uniforms.

Members of the 19 (Crawley) Squadron Pipes and Drums Band need to raise money to buy themselves uniforms which cost £650 each.

There are 15 band members - aged between 13 and 18 - including those who come from around Sussex to play with the squadron.

The band, based in Friston Walk, Ifield, has been borrowing spare uniforms from Scotland every time they perform in public.

Sally Morante, civilian instructor, said they perform up to six times a year and each time the organisation has to pay around £300 to courier uniforms down. She said the turning point was at the Lord Mayor Show in November 2013, when they nearly did not have enough uniforms.

She said: “We had to pull one of the instructor’s [uniforms] in from Kent.

“Luckily one of the guys didn’t turn up, otherwise we wouldn’t have had enough sizes for him.”

Sally said she had promised the senior officers in Scotland she will have the band members in their own uniform in time for their next annual visit to Inverness for music training in April.

They have been fund raising through since November and raised £2,000 so far from local business donations, community events and raffles. She added: “They love being in those uniforms. To have their own kits and to keep it is going to be so great for them.”

Sally has asked people to let her know if they are holding ay public events so they can play there and do some fund raising. Anyone wishing to give a donation to the cause please call Sally on 01342 719940.